Tuesday, October 1, 2019
A Reluctant Move :: Personal Narrative Moving Essays
A Reluctant Move One of my favorite quotes is, Ã¢â¬Å"If you donÃ¢â¬â¢t like something change it; if you canÃ¢â¬â¢t change it, change the way you think about itÃ¢â¬ by Mary Engelbreit. After going through a huge change myself, I have chosen to accept that change is good. It is important to make the best out of the way things turn out, and adapt to it. As I sat there wondering what it was going to be like, I couldnÃ¢â¬â¢t help but get tears in my eye. What was about to happen would change my life and outlook forever. This was a big life-changing decision. As far as I knew, moving to America was the opposite direction I wanted to go, but this decision ended-up changing my life. Why was I so reluctant to move? ItÃ¢â¬â¢s widely accepted that America is known for its endless opportunities, wealth, independence and excitement. The land of possibilities some say. Many foreigners dream of living in America, but not me. From the stories I had heard, my father was relocating us to a place full of materialistic people and places. We had the same routine, the same places we all hung out, and the same culture that I was so used to in Germany. Leaving my friends, family and home was a huge turn around that I was afraid and skeptical of. Growing up in Wiesbaden, Germany gave me a great appreciation for European cultures. It was the only lifestyle I knew. Even though I didnÃ¢â¬â¢t know much about the American way of life, I had the understanding of most all the countries in Europe. I knew my city like the back of my hand and all the people in it. I knew where I could take my dog for a walk and where the best places to shop were. I knew all the options that my friends and I had on Friday nights and where the fun places downtown were. I was very comfortable and self-reliant in my environment. Wiesbaden was my home and I was very nervous about giving that up. I think my biggest fear was the fear of the unknown. I like to know whatÃ¢â¬â¢s going on and what to expect.